Ataribox first look: New photos of the Atari 2600-inspired game console

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"While we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content". The new Ataribox is clearly inspired by the classic wood found on the Atari 2600, and the new console features ribbed lines, a raised back, and a front panel that can either be glass or wood.

As for the specs, Atari is keeping fans guessing for the most part, but the images confirm that the console comes with an SD card slot, four USB ports, HDMI output, an ethernet port and a headphone jack. Clearly inspired by the Atari 2600, the design is a attractive modern reboot of that console.

Atari's last official console-the ill-fated Atari Jaguar-was marketed as the first 64-bit console at a time when consoles had only just gone 32-bit.

Atari took the games industry by surprise earlier this month when it revealed that the company was working on a brand new console. One is a more modern black/red box, while the other features wood panelling, which serves as a nice callback to the Atari 2600. The Ataribox will also be capable of playing "current gaming content" according to the company.

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At this stage, it isn't clear exactly what content the Ataribox will actually offer, though the company has said it will release classic games alongside a new selection of titles.

The post went on to suggest that "there are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead", perhaps indicating that the console won't be ready for release in 2017. While the internal hardware has yet to be detailed, there's the suggestion then that the Ataribox could be more powerful than your average retro console.

"We're not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we've opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so", said an email from the Ataribox team.

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